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Sleep Training Baby 2010-03-12 12:00:04

Do You Believe Parents Can Influence Babies' Sleep Habits?

Some parents would give their right arm just to get their lil one to sleep through the night. They read books, consult the web, and even hire trainers to come in and coach their nocturnal tykes. While there are various philosophies when it comes to coaching your wee one to sleep through the night, Dr. Richard Ferber's self-soothing techniques continue to prevail among sleep-deprived parents.

A new study conducted by Canada's Today's Parent found that 69 percent of parents believe that controlled-crying techniques work if parents implement them properly, but more than half of the parents surveyed said it didn't work for them, meaning most parents don't believe they are implementing the philosophy correctly. A further look at the study showed that parents who enter sleep training with the belief that they can influence how their tot gets his shut-eye were more likely to be successful with the process.

Do you believe that mom and dad can train a baby to sleep?

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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
ok sorry i freaked out but maybe you can explain to me why you would turn off the monitor and ignore a helpless baby that is yours?! who else is going to help him or her? i just find that so sad an bizarre~ like you have twisted reality to make it seem okay to put your desires before the needs of your infant! and you are the mother... so weird, does anyone agree? and i do have 2 kids close in age. first one woke up to eat often at night for months. we just accepted it -of course it was hard- and he's a very kind, affectionate, healthy and intelligent kid, second one does not but its not because we just let her cry, its just how she is.... only wakes up once to eat at night, easily goes to sleep when i place her in her crib, day or night (we can tell when she is tired). actually i thought that we did let her cry before reading this, but we would never let her cry for more than a minute. (as in about 60 seconds)
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
holy crap the first mom's posting disgusts me so much i can't read the rest~! formula feeding at ONE MONTH (why?) and turning off the monitor... lady you (and presumably the MANY like you) are what is wrong with our society
heathersu heathersu 7 years
I honestly think it can, to an extent. I work in a daycare and with newborn babies, you either have to let them scream all the way through nap which disrupts everyone else or you have to work out some kind of schedule for them. I have a schedule I use everyday for the kids in my room at nap, and it works. I don't see why it wouldn't (mostly) work for parents.
aembry396 aembry396 7 years
my ped recommended removing the night feeding after the baby was 10 lbs. Before 6 weeks, she was sleeping 5-6 hours a night. She would wake up and we would change her and she would cry the first few nights. it is hard but now she sleeps longer and better. We also have a good night routine to show her that these certain steps means bed time! We have moved time zones and have had to do it all over again with fixing night schedules. It is not fun, but it works for us. Oh, and I feed on demand during the day because we travel a bunch and have a hard time to schedule during the day, but nights are good.
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I do think you can at least try to train your baby to sleep. When my son was like 1 1/2 months old, we started slowing down the amount of milk he was drinking in the middle of the night. He was getting 6 ounces, then a few days later we gave him 5 1/2, then 5, then 4 1/2, then 4, etc. until he wasn't even thirsty in the middle of the night anymore. By a little bit after 2 months old, he was sleeping longer through the night! I got the advice from my doctor and it really worked. It just has to be worth a try for every mom. Who doesn't want a 2 month old sleeping through the night?!? I also believe in the crying method, although it can be very difficult. When my son was around 6 months old, we started letting him cry more in the middle of the night if he would randomly wake up at like 3 in the morning. I was just so sick of waking up to go get him and cuddle for a few minutes so he could go back to bed. So we would turn off the monitor so we couldn't hear him (that is the hardest part) and just let him cry. After a week or so, he stopped waking up in the middle of the night. I guess he realized that crying was doing nothing. And no sleeping in my bed! That just kills all sleeping habits for the child.
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